Apache Junction Police Chief Kelly nominated by Gov. Ducey to state board

Thomas Kelly

Apache Junction Police Chief Thomas E. Kelly has been nominated by Gov. Doug Ducey to the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected to this esteemed board and represent our community in such an important part of our law enforcement system,” Chief Kelly, who has been with the Apache Junction police for 12 years, the last six as chief, said in a release. “This panel is critical in ensuring the integrity of our police officers and sheriff’s deputies while affording them the most up-to-date law-enforcement training.”

The 13-member board maintains standards of integrity, competence and professionalism for peace officers and correctional officers in Arizona. It initially helped in providing curriculum and standards for all certified law enforcement training facilities but now also oversees the Peace Officer Training Fund, approves a state correctional officer training curriculum and establishes minimum standards for state correctional officers, according to the release.

The board includes police chiefs, county sheriffs, the state attorney general, the directors of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Department of Corrections and two public members. It provides services to 163 law enforcement agencies encompassing more than 14,500 sworn peace officers, 6,500 correctional officers and 13 police training academies.

“One of the satisfactions of holding office is the opportunity to recognize outstanding citizens by naming them to positions of leadership within our state government,” Gov. Ducey said in his Feb. 27 nomination of Chief Kelly to the state board, according to the release.

Chief Kelly, who begins his three-year term this month, has been with the Apache Junction police force since 2006, after 23 years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, retiring as Agent in Charge. He was a police officer in Chicago for 11 years previous to his time with the federal agency. In 2014, he was appointed to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program National Policy Advisory Board and to the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership, according to the release.

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board will next hold a meeting open to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at its administrative building, 2643 E. University Drive, Phoenix, according to post.az.gov.


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